发信人: Thefooloflov (面向大海，春暖花开), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: step1 experience
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Thu May 8 14:42:51 2008)
NBME 1 570 (2 months away)
NBME 2 610 (5 wks away)
NBME 3 630 (2 wks away)
NBME 4 680 (2 wks away)
Kaplan 72% (only 1000 Qs)
I am a PhD student, so I was working fulltime through the whole preparation,
which was a year long. The first ten months, I tried to study 2-4hrs
everyday. Last two months, I studied 5-6 hrs per day. I took two weeks off
right before the test.
First two months, I tried to read FA for the first time, but I pretty much
only looked up medical words from FA every night. It was discouraging, but
there was no way around it.
From month 2-8, I went through FA by chapter with a great detail. I could
only study half a chapter per week because I tried to really understand the
diseases. But it helped me to build a solid knowledge base, which is
important if you aim for high score. The real exam asks you all sorts of
questions in a wide range. Some of them are just testing if you have ever
read about a topic, if yes, the answer is a nobrainer; if not, you will have
to guess from 5 options. I met with my study partner every week, go through
the chapter or half chapter. I thank him for keeping me with the pace.
10-11 months, I focused more on doing questions. I went back to biochem,
micro and pharm thoroughly for one more time. But later I found I probably
over did these three sections a little bit.
Two months away, I did NBME 1, finding out I was in an okay shape, but not
where I wanted to be. I went over Behavior and two weak subjects. And I
decided to postpone the exam for 3 weeks.
5 weeks away, I did okay on NBME 2. To practice physically finishing 350
questions in a day, I did NBME 3 and 4 at the same day. Ten day before, I
took usmle practice exam in the test center to familiarize with the
Last two weeks, I went through FA once quickly and my notes once quickly.
The day before, I went through FA pictures and calculation. I took a
sleeping pill to go to bed.
The test day, I took a lot of food with me. I took breaks almost after each
section. The time is more than enough. My block #6 seemed to be harder.
1) Goljan audios are incredibly useful. I listened to them at least three
times. I think I understand every sentence he said. There are syndromes he
mentioned, not in FA, tested on my exam. Listening to him simply makes me
2) Don’t be discouraged by your UW score, esp at the beginning. My score
improved from 30% to 65-70%, still way lower than most 99ers claimed. It is
a learning tool. NBME tells you when you are already.
Good luck everybody!
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